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Funding for Berkeley-based arts organizations and individual artist projects and for festivals and special events taking place in Berkeley for Fiscal Year 2019/2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020). 

Applications Open: Monday, February 11, 2019  

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 5PM   



There are two technical assistance workshops to review grant application requirements and provide instruction on using the on-line grant application system.  

Location for Both Workshops: Tarea Hall Pittman South Library Branch, 1901 Russell Street, Berkeley, CA 94703 


  •  Festival Grant Application Workshop 
     Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 6 – 8 PM  

  •  Arts Organizations & Individual Artists Grant Application Workshop
     Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 6 – 8 PM 




Arts Organization Grants provide general operating support for a wide array of nonprofit arts organizations and arts programs of service nonprofits throughout Berkeley. Organizations should apply according to their budget size. Please review the full grants guidelines linked below before beginning your application and use the budget form provided here for your application:

Arts Organizations Guidelines  

Arts Organizations Budget Form


Apply Now - Small Organizations  for grants up to $10,000.

Small Organizations have budgets up to $100,000.


Apply Now - Mid-Size Organizations for grants up to $14,000.

Mid-Size Organizations have budgets between $100,000 and $1,000,000.


Apply Now - Large Organizations for grants up to $17,000.

Large Organizations have budgets over $1,000,000. 



Individual Artist Project Grants support individual artists living and producing art in Berkeley culminating in a local public presentation of their work for the benefit of the community within the grant period. Grant funded projects may include: dance, music, theater, visual arts, social practice, media arts, film, and literary projects. Please review the full grants guidelines linked below before beginning your application and use the budget form provided here for your application:

Individual Artists Grant Guidelines  

Apply Now - Individual Artists for grants up to $5,000.   



Festival Grants support community festivals and special events throughout the City of Berkeley from small-scale and first-time events to large scale and established festivals. Applicants should apply according to the event budget size. Please review the full grants guidelines linked below before beginning your application and use the budget form provided here for your application:

Festival Grant Guidelines   

Festival Grant Budget Form


Apply Now - Small Events for grants up to $5,000.  

Small Events have event budgets up to $5,000. 

Apply Now - Mid-Size Events for grants up to $14,000. 

Mid-Size Events have event budget between $5,000 and $50,000. 

Apply Now - Large Events for grants up to $17,000. 

Large Events have event budgets over $50,000. 


SCHEDULE Dates are subject to change  

May 1 - 13, 2019               Panel Review meetings 

May 14 or 15, 2019           Grants Committee review and award amount recommendation 

May 22, 2019                    Civic Arts Commission adopts funding award recommendations  

June 25, 2019                   City Council meeting (grant allocations on agenda) 

June 27, 2019                    Award Letters & Invoices mailed to Grantees 



Applicants are encouraged to attend the Grant Review Panel meeting which will be held during normal City business hours and will be publicly accessible. The grant review schedule and meeting locations will be made available here once they are scheduled. Grant applicants will be notified regarding the approximate time when their application will be reviewed.  



Submittable is the online grant application system used by the Civic Arts Program. Click here to read instructions on how to use the online system. [link to  



If awarded funding, first time grantees must submit the following forms to be established as payees within the City of Berkeley’s financial system. You are not required to submit these forms until you are notified of your grant award. 

Vendor Application Form 

W-9 Form 



Final reports for Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Grantees are due no later than August 29, 2019, 60 days after the end of the fiscal year. A final report template will be made available here in spring 2019. 



2018-2019 Civic Arts Grants Awards  

2017-2018 Civic Arts Grants Awards  



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